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Diabetes: Medical Equipment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Julian Sturdy Julian Sturdy Conservative, York Outer

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to widen access to blood glucose monitoring technology for diabetes patients.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Glucose monitoring technology, such as continuous glucose monitoring or blood glucose test strips, will continue to be available to those meeting the relevant clinical criteria.

In November 2018, NHS England announced that it will ensure that flash glucose monitoring is available on prescription for all patients who qualify for it in line with current recommendations. From April 2019, all qualifying patients will be able to receive it from their local general practitioner or diabetes team.

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